Man left clinging to cliff face after Blue Mountains fall

 

A man has spent a perilous night in icy conditions clinging onto a one metre wide rock ledge, after falling 40 metres while rock climbing with friends in the Blue Mountains yesterday.

The man, in his 50s, who'd been climbing in the National Park in a group of three friends, fell at about 4pm and became stranded on the ledge.

NSW Police told news.com.au they attempted to rescue the man yesterday after he fell at about 4pm, but were hampered by poor vision. The man, who is believed to have multiple fractures, spent the night sheltering in a cave on the cliff face with rescuers and one of his companions.

Screen grab from 7 News. A man has become stuck on a cliff ledge, 40 metres from the top, in the Blue Mountains National Park. On Sunday night, a delicate rescue was underway at Point Pilcher lookout. The climber is believed to have compound fractures. A helicopter has winched help down to him. Bringing the man up to the top was forecasted to take hours after crews ran out of daylight. Source: 7 News
Screen grab from 7 News. A man has become stuck on a cliff ledge, 40 metres from the top, in the Blue Mountains National Park. On Sunday night, a delicate rescue was underway at Point Pilcher lookout. The climber is believed to have compound fractures. A helicopter has winched help down to him. Bringing the man up to the top was forecasted to take hours after crews ran out of daylight. Source: 7 News

Last night ambulance crews waited for the man above at Point Pilcher Lookout in Medlow Bath as police helicopters tried to winch him to safety, but the rescue was abandoned until first light.

Police told news.com.au they are working to try and rescue the man again this morning.

Overnight, the rescue personnel and one of the man's companions sheltered with him in a cave on the cliff face. Today rescuers plan to lower the injured climber to the valley floor before a helicopter can winch him to safety.

Rescuers are with the man who is strapped to a stretcher. Picture: 9 News
Rescuers are with the man who is strapped to a stretcher. Picture: 9 News

 

Rescue crews are today abseiling down the 150m cliff face searching for safe spots to lower the man, who is strapped to a stretcher, away from the ledge.

A rescue helicopter is on the scene.

More to come.

Originally published as Man clings to cliff for 15 hours

Police attempted to rescue the man last night but were hampered by conditions. Picture: 7 News
Police attempted to rescue the man last night but were hampered by conditions. Picture: 7 News
Rescuers sheltered overnight with the injured man in a cave on a cliff face. Picture: 7 News
Rescuers sheltered overnight with the injured man in a cave on a cliff face. Picture: 7 News

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